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A Warning: Jeremiah 23
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A warning to the Dimond Brothers: Jeremiah 23

Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.” - Jeremiah 23:1-2

Those timeless words of the Prophet Jeremiah remain valid today providing a stern and stark warning to all those who profess legitimacy as being a shepherd of Christ’s flock and, intentionally or not, leading His flock astray.

Such a declaration, of being a Pastor / Shepherd, carries with it a responsibility and an accountability that only a “fool” or a “demon” (no pun intended) would undertake unworthily / deceitfully.

For it should be clear to all, that a true Shepherd (Pastor) is one who comes to you sent, appointed, commissioned by that authority in which the fullness of Christ's power resides, and by virtue of the unbroken succession, which can be traced back to the time of the Apostles.

Can any commission to the position of Shepherd (Pastor) be more solemn and sacred?

And can temerity be more impious than when one dares to grasp at and usurp a ministry which Christ has reserved for His own “exclusive” and “special” appointment?

“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.” - Jeremiah 23:21

Surely the Dimond Brothers are well aware that they are unprofessed laymen, not sent, not ordained, not appointed, and not commissioned by Christ to legitimately carry out the functions and responsibilites of their purported Catholic “cyber ministry”.

If anyone says that ... those who have been neither rightly ordained nor sent by ecclesiastical and canonical authority, but come from a different source, are lawful ministers of the word …: let him be anathema [cf. n. 960]." (Denzinger: Sources of Catholic Dogma: 967 Can. 7)

These "brothers" know full well that they have no canonical provision as is required by the Church to be a formally recognized and justified Catholic entity / association (Canon 147, 216).

These "brothers" know full well that they have never received a “charter” from a Benedictine congregation, nor permission from a Benedictine Bishop in order to legitimize the Most Holy Family Monastery (MHFM) as being an Order of St Benedict as stipulated in Canon Law (Canon 492 §1).

"The Right Reverend Lord and Father in Christ, Bro. Michael Dimond, Superior of this monastery" (MHFM) knows full well that he is a “charlatan” and a “liar” when he claims and uses that reserved title; for the laws of the Church state one must first be ordained to the priesthood in order to be a Superior of a Benedictine monastery.

We find the proof of Bro. Michael Dimond’s "break from tradition" and his 20+ years of continued deceit; on page 55 of the 1910 “Declarations on the Rule of Our Holy Father St. Benedict and Statutes of the American-Cassinese Congregation”.

This page contains the qualifications / requirements for becoming a candidate within an election for the position of a Benedictine Superior; which was approved by the Holy See under Pope Pius X:

No one, however, can be elected unless he has made solemn vows, is ordained to the priesthood, and belongs to our congregation.

And as no one can legitimately become a priest (i.e. receive the priesthood) by osmosis, how can these "brothers" truthfully claim the role of Shepherds over Christ's flock?

Pope Pius XII>, Mediator Dei, Encyclical, 1947:

[40] "Only to the apostles, and thenceforth to those on whom their successors have imposed hands, is granted the power of the priesthood, in virtue of which they represent the person of Jesus Christ before their people, acting at the same time as representatives of their people before God ..."

As Father James Wathen pointed out in "A Note About The Dimond Brothers" (September 5, 2004):

"They call themselves ‘Brothers’, but neither of them has made the standard novitiate, which the Code says is strictly necessary for professed religious. They call themselves ‘Brothers’ because this lends prestige to their opinions.

For the last 20+ years the Dimond Brothers have been successful in hiding their transgressions against Christ’s Church by donning the black mail-order habits (robes) worn by true Benedictine monks and keeping a relatively low real-time profile on a farm in the rural backwoods of Fillmore, New York.

These "false teachers" posing as pastors have successfully concealed their "catholo-protestant business of religion", their cyber-ministry, out of sight of the Archdiocese of Buffalo, New York, whose ecclesiastic governance they fall under.

The Dimond Brothers have, unfortunately, managed, over the course of time, to lure 10s of thousands of unsuspecting disgruntled catholic cybernauts away from the Church by using the soothing demonic potion of “rationalization” to dull the otherwise anguishing pain suffered by those who abandon Christ's Church and their chance for obtaining salvation by following such heretics into schism.

"Therefore, behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord: who steal my words every one from his neighbor. Behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord: who use their tongues, and say: The Lord saith it. Behold I am against the prophets that have lying dreams, saith the Lord: and tell them, and cause my people to err, by their lying and by their wonders: when I sent them not, nor commanded them." - Jeremiah 23:30-32

To quote Father James Wathen:

"The two 'brothers' do not pretend to live a monastic life. Their vocation, as they see it, demands that they busy themselves in controversy. They think that the Church is better served by their spending their time producing various kinds of works of theological criticism, than in prayer and contemplation, which is the traditional obligation of monks."

Among the many things that the Dimond Brothers have proven themselves to be (i.e. the one that stands out the most) is that these two men are highly skilled and successful “frauds” and “liars” … falsely professing, before Almighty God and man, to be what they definitely are not; that being Shepherds / Pastors over His flock.

Their day of reckoning is approaching, for God is a jealous God and He will not be mocked.

"“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! ... behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
- Jeremiah 23:1-2


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